The Stop

How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

By Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis

Photo by Andrea Curtis

★ International bestseller
★ Toronto Book Award finalist

The Stop is an inspiring true story about how a low-income neighbourhood used good food to take charge of its community—it’s a great lesson for all of us.”
—Jamie Oliver

“[A] terrific book about a visionary post–food bank project.”
—Michael Pollan

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From the publisher

It began as a downtown Toronto food bank. It turned into an international movement.

In telling the remarkable story of The Stop’s transformation, Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change.

Photo by Andrea Curtis


Who is the co-author?

Nick Saul is the president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization supporting towns and neighbourhoods across the country to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for everyone. He was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto from 1998 to 2012 and is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacobs’ Prize.  The Stop is written in Nick’s voice, but the book was a collaboration between Nick and Andrea. They also collaborate daily as the parents of two boys.
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The Stop won the Taste Canada Food Writing Award and a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit in 2014. It was also nominated for the Toronto Book Award and the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award.

Photo from Toronto Book Awards

To find out more about The Stop and the fight for access to healthy food for everyone, read “The Hunger Game” in The Walrus or “From Charity to Solidarity” in Civil Eats. Andrea and Nick also contributed an op-ed to The Guardian arguing “Food banks need to feed people’s hope and purpose, not just their hunger.”

For more information about the Community Food Centre movement visit

Buy this book

The Stop is available in Canada, the U.S. and Britain. Visit your local independent bookstore or order online.